Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya has directed Secretary to the Ministry of Public Administration and Home Affairs P. B. Abeykoon to suspend all recruitments to the public service until the elections to the three provinces North-Central, Eastern and Sabaragamuwa were over.
These instructions came in the context of Minister of Public Administration and Home Affairs W. D J. Seneviratne trying to appoint 43,000 graduates as Programme Officers under the programme to employ graduates, which began in 2005.
Those graduates had been attached to the state sector to serve in ministries, departments and statutory bodies. The ministry was planning to absorb the graduates who passed out in the years 2010 and 2011.
Informed of the government move, the Polls Chief had ordered the suspension of all the recruitments until after September 08, the day of the PC elections, Public Administration and Home Affairs Secretary P. B. Abeykoon told The Island.